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Sly 2: Band of Thieves

In many ways Sly and his band of thieves are better suited to the traditions of Western espionage and sneak 'thiefery' than Solid Snake himself may be.

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Mortal Kombat: Deception

At first, the violence ruffled feathers, but with time the uproar over violence began to focus on other games, and Mortal Kombat became increasingly irrelevant.

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5 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Donkey Konga

Despite the success of several rhythm games, none have yet to rival DDR in the home market. But that's where Donkey Konga comes in.

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Zoo Tycoon 2

We are like God, similar in that we are given domination and responsibility over these creatures somewhat inferior to ourselves, but different in that we have to follow his goals and plans.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sudeki

Despite the game's strengths, Sudeki offers a series of problems in terms of its racialized imagery, its emphasis on female hypersexuality and its ideological orientation.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Rome: Total War

While we can all agree that things like 3D graphics are a good thing, it's difficult to extol the appeal of certain time periods.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Midway Arcade Treasures 2

The sheer fact that you can compile not only Mortal Kombat II, but Mortal Kombat 3, plus nearly 20 other games on this disc is definitely progress.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Katamari Damacy

As the industry becomes more mainstream and the costs of development increase with each new hardware cycle, it seems like game creators are beginning to try to follow proven formulas out of fear of poor returns.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Guilty Gear X2 #Reload

Despite the common stereotypes of gamers hiding out alone in windowless basements to enjoy their hobby, video games have often been as much of a social endeavor as any other activity.

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7 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Viewtiful Joe

Viewtiful Joe is not unlike the silly Schwarzenegger bomb that was Last Action Hero in its premise. But look deeper, and you'll find that it has a lot more in common with Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo.

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Spider-Man 2

Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the video game, which follows much of the action-oriented plot of the battles between Spider-Man and Dr. Octopus, fails to include this theme of personal and ethical crisis in the narrative.

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Astro Boy: The Omega Factor

Astro Boy as a mythology is apparently a metaphor for race relations, with robots being despised by some humans and championed by others.

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22 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The X-Files: Resist or Serve

It was certainly the kind of show that openly invited believers and skeptics to tune in and enjoy. And one would think that such a terrific show would be a goldmine of ideas for a video game spin-off, no? Well, yes and no.

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Burnout 3: Takedown

The more cars you wreck, the higher your points and more cars you unlock. That's it. Death and destruction is rewarded, and it's a bloody good time!

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8 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Space Channel 5: Special Edition

It's all very '60s-like in its undying optimistic themes of naiveté through pop tunes and dance.

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8 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Far Cry

Far Cry was designed not just to look good; it actually aspires to beauty. Taking advantage of the technology to display more than the grotesque is a bit of a startling shift for the genre.

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DVision: Contraband

While DVision isn't exactly a news source, it's surely enlightening and brings many political issues to the table.

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26 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Thief: Deadly Shadows

There have always been developers interested in alternatives. Not just to develop alternative genres, such as puzzle games, but alternatives within the mainstream brands identified with excessive gore.

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26 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sega Bass Fishing Duel

Sega Bass Fishing Duel brings all the thrills of the sometimes laid back, sometimes furious sport of bass fishing right to the PlayStation 2. Plus there's no muss and no fuss.

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True Crime: Streets of LA

Restraint in a lawless world is hard. Cops have to tangle with folks that have total freedom of action every day, and they need to do it the hard way, the frustrating way. They have to follow the rules even though they get to carry a gun.

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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